A Haiku, The Deer

This morning I was looking out the front windows of my house, watching the deer pass through. It is always something interesting to watch. The doe looks around and remains ever vigilant when the fawns break out into playful fits. When their hooves hit the dirt road that borders my property, their interest changed. They were intrigued as they always are when they step onto the road. So I decided to write a haiku encapsulating both my perspective and the perspective of the deer.

Doe watches her young
Your road cuts through my forest
Fawns frolic freely

Let me know what you think!
Thanks for reading!
Travis

Travis J. McRoy 2021 All Rights Reserved

35 thoughts on “A Haiku, The Deer

    1. I have always wondered that as well. I’ve watched them hit paved/blacktop road and immediately react and look around. They are definitely aware of it. I’d love to know what they are thinking though. Haha, that’s my thoughts on it. They’ve got to be thinking, “what is this passing through my forest? It doesn’t belong here.”

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    1. Thanks, Michele! They are really something else. Where I previously lived we’d see maybe one a year. Where I live now it’s a daily activity. The one day I counted 12 standing in the road. The most I’ve seen were across the road, 21 deer in a field.

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      1. If they kept coming back they had to love them.πŸ˜‚ They really do enjoy the flowers. If you look off to the left in the featured image you can see how much they love the shrubs too. They trimmed all of them wherever they were able to reach. When I moved in a asked my neighbor about the interesting way of trimming and he said “oh that’s the deer!” Haha.

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      2. Hahah! They knew! They were saying if we don’t eat these she’s going to turn them into jelly!πŸ˜‚ Yeah! It was funny I said to my neighbor, “usually people put these in to add some privacy so I’m curious why the bottom half is trimmed negating the whole point.” He got a good laugh and told me the deer pick at them constantly.

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  1. Very nice, Travis! When we lived in Florida, our house backed up to a reserve and the deer would play in our backyard, and also walk down the middle of the street. It was a real treat to watch them.

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    1. That’s awesome! I love seeing them play around. It’s like clockwork for them, everyday they come over the hill around 5:30pm and then the fawns will run down the hill and chase each other. Meanwhile the doe is looking ahead walking calmly. So much fun to experience, I agree.

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      1. Absolutely! Haikus must be your specialty, you write them quite well. Perhaps I should challenge myself also by working on a haiku of my own. You are very welcome and happy writing to you!

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      2. I love writing both narrative poems and haikus. As of late, I’ve been gravitating towards the haikus because of the new challenge they bring. I think you should write one! Step out of the comfort zone and do it! πŸ€—πŸ˜

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      3. That’s exactly why I got back into the haikus. I was primarily all narrative poems, so I ventured down the haiku path to switch things up a bit. So now I’ll work on some haikus and then share a narrative poem. It’s a great blend. I can’t wait to read your first haiku! πŸ€—πŸ˜

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      4. Thank you! I really appreciate that. Thank you for being my inspiration to try something new and challenging! I see myself writing more haiku in my future!

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